Monday, March 16, 2015

Teaching Materials for Dolen Perkins-Valdez's WENCH

The Pen/Faulkner Foundation has created some wonderful lesson plans for Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s New York Times-bestselling novel Wench, which you can find here. 

Set before the Civil War in the real resort of Tawana House  in Ohio—a favorite of Southern white men who vacationed there with their black enslaved mistresses—Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery through the lives of the women who became friends during annual visits to the resort. 

The lessons  focus on characterization, history and culture, and close text analysis. They are appropriate for 9th grade and up. 

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